巴黎警方冷漠、嚣张令人失望，中方敦促法方保障在法中国公民安全 | Paris police apathy, arrogance disappoint, France was urged to guarantee safety of Chinese
Paris police apathy, arrogance disappoint
A Chinese national surnamed Liu was shot dead at home in Paris by French police on Sunday. The police told French media that Liu assaulted one of the officers with scissors when they responded to a call, then another officer opened fire on Liu.
However, according to Liu's daughters, their father went upstairs with scissors that he was using to prepare fish after hearing a neighbor making a loud noise. He had a quarrel with the neighbor and then came back to the kitchen, and continued to prepare the fish. Later, several plain-clothes police requested entry. The scissors-holding father refused to open the door for fearing of intruders, but the police broke in and shot their father dead. Liu's daughters said that at only 1.6 meters tall and a thin man, their father, aged 56, was unable to attack the police.
The Chinese community in Paris on Monday evening held a demonstration in front of the local police station to protest Liu's killing. The police used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters. It's reported some protesters were arrested.
A thin and weak person was shot dead at home. It's a mistake that cannot be forgiven in any case. Although he was holding scissors in his hands, didn't open the door under police request and was said to have consumed alcohol, he was in his own house rather than a public place.
Obviously there was misunderstanding between the two sides. Liu mistook the police for intruders, and he was regarded as a dangerous violent man by the police. But when the police break into a private home, they should be more cautious about whether to resort to extreme measures.
Over the past two years, a series of terror attacks in France have left French society upset and tightened nerves of the police. It's possible that the French police officers regarded Liu as a terrorist.
However, shouldn't they do a background check? It is not hard for them to find out that the house they were going to check belongs to a Chinese family and Chinese nationals have never been involved in any violent terror attacks in Paris.
The officer who shot Liu may have abused his power. We call on the French side to carry out a serious and thorough investigation into the case, determine the responsibility of and punish the police officer in accordance with the law.
Many Chinese in France think the case reflects the racial bias of the French police. Such feelings should be attended to. Unfortunately, the Paris police showed only indifference and arrogance in the whole case.
The coverage of this case by mainstream French media also made people feel the apathy of French society as the claims of the victim's family were easily ignored. We sincerely hope that justice can be served to the victim.
France was urged to guarantee safety of Chinese
Chinese Foreign Ministry held an urgent meeting with officials of the French embassy in Beijing on Tuesday over the death of a Chinese man in Paris, and called for Chinese people in France who express their demands to do so in a reasonable and legal manner.
Some Chinese clashed with French police as they went to a police station to petition over the killing of the man, who was shot dead at his home by plainclothes police on Sunday evening, the ministry confirmed.
The ministry instructed the Chinese embassy in France to request that French authorities conclude an investigation as soon as possible, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday.
It also asked France to take effective measures to guarantee the safety and legal interests of Chinese there, and "reasonably treat" their reaction over the man's death, Hua said.
French police used batons and tear gas to disperse about 100 people from the local Chinese community who staged a protest on Monday against the killing of the man.
At least one man of Chinese descent was injured, according to witnesses, as police officers intervened to disperse protesters outside a police station in Paris.
Hua said the Foreign Ministry will work with the Chinese embassy in France to closely follow the case's development and safeguard the security and legal interests of Chinese citizens and organizations in France.